The San Francisco Giants (2-2) and Cincinnati Reds (2-2) will play the final game of their 2012 National League Division Series on Thursday afternoon inside the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:07 ET
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The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds continue their three-game series between National League Central division rivals at the Great American Ball Park
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
All eyes will be on the Nationals rookie starter making his ninth start of the 2010 season.
Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
Washington’s furious comeback fell short in a 8-7 road defeat to the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park, in a game that was interrupted for three hours in the middle of the fifth inning by rain. The Nationals have now dropped four straight since tonight’s starter toed the rubber. With 94 games filed away, the team’s 40 wins to date is far better than the 27 victories the team garnered at this point last season. Prop bettors need to take notice that the club has plated the first run in 15 of their last 18 contests dating back to June 28. After starting 9-7 on the road this season, the Nationals are 6-26 away in their last 32 games away from Washington, DC. The team has played just seven road games the past three years with a total of 7 or less, with six of those games taking place this season (3-3, +150).
The Phillies and Reds get back to National League action with a pair of right-handers doing battle.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia closed out its interleague schedule with a 10-8 record after bombing the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 on Sunday afternoon. “The weather is getting hot, this is hitting season and we’re starting to swing the bats better,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Over their last 11 games (8-3), the Phillies have scored 75 runs and have had 10 or more hits in seven of those 10 games. Before this current streak, Philadelphia went through a 25-game slump that saw the team hit .217 and plate just 63 total runs. Scoring more than three runs in a game has been the barometer this season, with Manuel’s team going 31-6 when going over the mark and 8-27 when falling short. The Phillies have been a solid road underdog of +100 to +125 over the past three years (31-21, +1,360), but the club is just 3-3 this year (+10).